Netherlands, Groningen

Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: bridging old and new energy systems

when 18 August 2014 - 29 September 2014
duration 6 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 200

The Groningen Energy Summer School 2014 for PhD students takes an interdisciplinary approach to one of the hottest topics of the energy landscape: smart grids. By bringing together and combining a broad range of disciplines, this event will offer a unique opportunity to PhD students to become aware of different aspects of the energy transition, to develop novel insights, and to create synergy in approaches to smart grids. During the summer school, the participants will attend lectures by specialists in the field, present their own work, and play an active role in workshops and discussions.rnrnParticipants will have the opportunity to learn about how smart grids are shaped by the interaction of new roles for consumers, advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), new markets, security of supply issues, informationalisation processes, valuation of assets and investments, technological innovation and (de)regulation. Participant will therefore extend their understanding with input about the technical, social, economic, legal and psychological dimensions of smart grids.rnrnBringing these elements together in a coherent manner is no simple task. The summer school will therefore be the occasion to address how experts from different disciplines collaborate in moving towards a sustainable and secure energy supply enabled by smart grid technologies. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of how their own expertise fits in the dynamics of transition.rnrnThe summer school will provide PhD students with an opportunity to connect to new networks, to learn from experts in the field, including practitioners, and to discuss their own work. Group work on a case study will further ensure an interdisciplinary experience. Excursions will also be on the programme.

Course leader

Prof. J. H. de Wilde
Dr J.A. Beaulieu

Target group

PhD students working on energy topics

Course aim

The key questions addressed in the summer school: What are smart grids? What is the role of smart grids in processes of decentralisation and globalization? What are the latest technological developments in smart grids and how can these be implemented most effectively? As projects involving multiple actors, how do smart grids configure the roles of the private and public sectors in the provision of collective goods? How do insights from various disciplines merge in discourses smart grids? How will current geopolitical tensions be affected by an eventual growth of smart grids? Will smart grids bring about transformations as radical as those we see in the deployment of internet/web/digital networks? What is the role of governments and regulation in smart grids?

Fee info

EUR 200: The participation fee is € 200,-. Students have to cover their own travel & accommodation costs. Those who find themselves unable to do so and originate from a non-OECD country can request a travel & accommodation grant (max € 500 per person).


Those who find themselves unable to do so and originate from a non-OECD country can request a travel & accommodation grant (max € 500 per person).